Entrepreneurs and Democracy: A Political Theory of Corporate by Pierre-Yves Gomez

By Pierre-Yves Gomez

What legitimizes energy inside a company? this question is of outrage to the hundreds of thousands of electorate whose lives depend on the destiny of industrial firms. the principles, associations and practices of company governance outline the bounds of the ability to direct, and ensure below what stipulations this strength is suitable. potent company governance has lengthy been outlined when it comes to monetary functionality. newer stories have eager about philosophical, political and historic analyses. marketers and Democracy unites those strands of inquiry - the legitimacy of energy, the evolution of a number of different types of governance and the economics of functionality - and proposes a framework for destiny learn. It explores the opposing tensions of entrepreneurial strength and social fragmentation that shape the root of valid company governance in glossy societies. In doing so, it identifies a typical good judgment that hyperlinks either the democratization of company governance and the expansion of financial functionality.

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25 25 A. Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776, Book 1, Ch. 2. This famous sentence does not summarize the subtlety of Smithian thought on social regulation. Nevertheless 34 Establishing the ideological foundations The argument that has become the credo of modern economics is well known: when each person pursues his/her own self-interest, each maximizes personal utility, and, by aggregation, collective utility is maximized. Over the years, the conceptual leap from the micro of the individual to the macro of society has been the subject of countless controversies and analytical refinements, but the fundamental argument remains the same.

The entrepreneur thus emerges as the central political figure of capitalism. In a divided society that is threatened by chaos at its seams, the entrepreneur is a positive force for social cohesion. With Schumpeter, it can be said that the entrepreneur takes the place in modern society held in ancient society by the warrior. His role (that of the entrepreneur), though less glamorous than that of medieval warlords, great or small, also is or was just another form of individual leadership acting by virtue of personal force and personal responsibility for success.

38 Establishing the ideological foundations paradoxical conclusion for a system of political thought based on equality and individual liberty. At the end of the analysis it becomes apparent that acceptable governance requires exceptional human beings. The entrepreneur appears to be a new type of Leviathan, rather fittingly described by Hobbes when referring to the absolute monarch, ‘where the public and private interest are most closely united, there is the public most advanced. ’36 Should we conclude that Hobbes finally won out over Locke?

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